Learning to live WITH running water and electricity

This post was written while we were in Chad.

We had a great trip back to Abéché. From time to time along those 900 kilometers, we kept running into rain. Even here at our destination, it is raining as well. We are thankful for this, mostly because it helps water our friends’ crops; but we also enjoy the cooler temperatures it brings. We are often able to leave our windows open in the house until 11 AM or noontime!

Solar power and waterThe next morning after we got home from N’Djaména, I was on the roof of our house. It was Eid Al-Fitr, the celebration feast after the fast of Ramadan ends. It was a thick cloudy morning, and I worked on the solar panels without being electrocuted. Our solar panels had given us very little power, and I wanted to investigate why as quickly as I could.

As I checked everything, I discovered that one of the solar panels’ internal wiring was loose. Because we had two pairs of solar panels wired in series, this little error was probably the reason two of our solar panels had been useless to us. After re-wiring everything in parallel, we now have refrigeration that freezes the bottles! And surprisingly, the rainy weather is not affecting the solar electricity much.

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